DIES NMT Kenya Hosts Intriguing Workshop on Online Learning in an International Context

Gruppenfoto: Der 2. DIES NMT Kenia Schulungsworkshop in Kisumu, Kenia © Dr. Ezekiel Mecha

DIES National Multiplication Training (NMT) Kenya organized the 2nd training workshop, “The Role of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and Virtual Exchanges in promoting Internationalization at Home in Higher Academic Institutions in Kenya”, in June. The workshop was jointly organized by The University of Nairobi, Maseno University and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in collaboration with experts from Leibniz University Hannover (Germany) and Kibabii University. DIES (NMT) is one of the courses within the DIES programme designed to empower DIES alumni in their roles as multipliers in higher education management and to enhance the sustainability of DIES trainings.

DIES NMT programme is centrally coordinated by the Centre for Quality Development (ZfQ), University of Potsdam. It is jointly initiated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ).

l to r: Dr. Ann Kirugumi (DeKUT), Prof. Florence Indede (Maseno University), Dr. Ezekiel Mecha (UoN), Ms. Margaret Kirai (DAAD Nairobi), Prof. Julius Maiyo (Kibabii University)

l to r: Prof. Julius Maiyo (Kibabii University), Prof. Florence Indede (Maseno University), Ms. Qin Xia (DIES NMT Coordinator), Dr. Ezekiel Mecha (UoN), Dr. Ann Kirugumi (DeKUT)

The workshop, a follow-up to a successful workshop hosted by the University of Nairobi in Nairobi in February this year, was hosted by Maseno University and took place in Kisumu. It was graced by Ms. Qin Xia, the DIES NMT Coordinator from the University of Potsdam (Germany), Ms. Margaret Kirai, the DAAD representative In Charge of DIES Programmes, and also top university management from Maseno University.


The primary goal of the workshop was to review the status of participants’ change projects, discuss their sustainability, and assess the impact they will have on their institutions.

Over 20 Higher Education managers drawn from 17 Universities across the country participated in the workshop. Participants learned about COIL’s role in promoting internationalization at home and received guidance on implementing their change projects. Besides, they got to initiate long-term collaborations with institutions of invited international speakers.

Participants with Ms. Qin Xia© Dr. Ezekiel Mecha

The proceedings from the workshop were aired live on the leading Kenyan Television Network (KTN News), and also published in the Kenyan Standard newspaper.

More details on the 1st workshop held in February can be found here and here.

Interview with KTN Kenya© Dr. Ezekiel Mecha


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